Royal Falooda: Refreshing Summer Beverage

Hello Foodies,
          Summer is already here, and to beat the heat of this summer we have brought you this chilled, yummy dessert. Yup, it's Falooda! This one is Mr.McDreamy's all-time favorite summer beverage. And here I am going to share with you the recipe to prepare the Indian Falooda from scratch. When I was a kid, I used to go to the place (Dilshad Ice Cream Parlor) frequently, that served lots of varieties of ice creams, milkshakes, and juices. Every time I pick my favorite drink, a creamy, fruity, velvety Falooda. Yup, the magnificent, completely worth the fuss drink that turns heads. Basically, Falooda is a mixture of Ice Cream, Vermicelli, chia/sabja seeds, colorful and flavorsome syrups, dry nuts, seasonal fruits. This traditional thirst quencher and street drink is the perfect way to beat the heat on sizzling summer days. Summer is that time of the year when our body craves some flavourful hydration, and all we want to do is down cold drinks by the gallon.
                          
          Soaked chia seeds have a cooling effect on the body. There are lots of versions of this Falooda. Several recipes make Falooda without noodles and blend with fruits. Some versions consist of kulfi, icecreams, translucent wheat noodles, chia seeds and flavored with some syrups.  So guys, don't miss to try out this slippery vermicelli noodles, colorful jellies, creamy ice cream, dry nuts, and drifts of swollen chia seeds are piled in a glass over a bed of fuchsia colored rose syrup. Happy Summer!

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            Falooda Sev is thick pastel strands made up of from corn starch or sago starch. It is mainly used in the preparation of yummilicious Falooda - A Chilled Milky, Creamy Summer Dessert! 


Where to find Falooda Sev
           Falooda Sev is available in stores in packets. Also, check the packaging before purchase. 

Other ways to use Falooda Sev
  • It can be served topped on various Ice Creams, Custards or on various kulfis too.
  • It can also be added to kheer, basundi or payasam.
What is the Difference between Chia Seeds and Sabja Seeds?
           As these both seeds look alike, we think that they are the same and we always get confused about Chia Seeds and Sabja Seeds. But both the seeds are different from each other and has different nutritional properties, health benefits, and color. So here is the difference :
  • Chia seeds are usually a mixture of black, grey, white or brown seeds. While Sabja seeds are uniformly black in color.
  • Chia seeds can be consumed dry or soaked, but sabja seeds can be eaten only after soaking.
  • Chia seeds take time to absorb water, while sabja seeds swell up within few seconds of being mixed with water.
  • Chia seeds don't have any taste of its own, but sabja seeds have a mild taste of basil.
  • Chia seeds also known as Halim in Hindi and Aliv in Marathi, Sabja Seeds also known as Basil Seeds.






Ingredients:
  • Falooda sev 15 g +  Water 1 Cup
  • Chia Seeds / Sabja Seeds 3 Tbsp + Water 1 Cup
  • Milk Full Fat 3 Cups + Sugar 2 Tbsp
  • Ice cream- Vanilla/Strawberry/Dulce De Leche 2-3 Scoops.
  • Rose Jelly (Water 1 Cup + Sugar 3 Tbsp + Agar Agar Powder 1 Tbsp + Rose Syrup 2 Tbsp)
  • Rose syrup 3-4 Tbsp
  • Dry nuts, Silvered + Tutti Frutti 1 Tbsp
Instructions:
1) To Boil Milk:
  • Boil full-fat Milk 3 Cups and Sugar 2 Tbsp on medium to low flame for 8-10 minutes and keep stirring.
  • Let it cool down and refrigerate it.

2) To Prepare Falooda Sev/Vermicelli:
  • Boil water in a pan and cook Vermicelli(Falooda Sev) until it's done. 
  • When it's done, immediately drain and rinse with the cold water(so it doesn't cook any further). 
  • Once cool down, cut them into 1-2 inch pieces, so they are easier to drink or eat.
3) To Prepare Chia Seeds:
  • In a bowl add chia seeds 3 Tbsp and water 1 cup and let them soak for 30 minutes.



4) To Prepare Rose Jelly:
  • Heat 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat and add 3 Tbsp sugar and stir well and heat for 4-5 minutes or until boil.
  • Now add agar agar powder 1 Tbsp and stir until agar agar powder has dissolved. 
  • It's time to add rose syrup 2 Tbsp and keep stirring continuously to mix all well.
  • Pour mixture into heart shaped mold or any other shape molds you have. Refrigerate it for ½ an hour or until it set. 
  • After half an hour, demold it and rose jelly is ready to serve.

5) To assemble the Falooda:
  • Glaze sides of the glass with rose syrup and pour 1-2 Tbsp of rose syrup.
  • Then pour soaked chia seeds 1-2 Tbsp
  • Pour Vermicelli 2-3 Tbsp
  • Add rose jelly hearts or any shaped
  • Pour milk and 2-3 Tbsp of rose syrup.
  • On the top scoop of Ice Cream.
  • Lastly, garnish with some dry nuts. 
  • Voila! Chilled Milky, Creamy, and  Fuchsia colored Summer Dessert ready to slurp. Enjoy!!!

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
  • Chia seeds are one of the best sources of proteins and Omega 3s.
  • Chia seeds have been known to aid in weight loss due to their ability to make you feel fuller faster.
  • They are naturally low in carb and high fiber food that helps in digestion.
  • These seeds are good to keep you satiated.
  • Promote heart health, by decreasing higher triglyceride levels.
  • Helps to maintain normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Dietary Comment :
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 350 calories, along with 60 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 11 .5 g fats, and 8.4 g protein.

Nothing spells relief quite like the sensation of sipping on cool flavorsome and sweet falooda. So guys if you get some time, I recommend you to spend some minutes of your time and make this refreshing drink this summer.

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